Sean Flavin (Mammoth)
Sean Flavin ( Mammoth )
Far West Masters Racing

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Current Season News

  • March Forerunner Newsletter

    The March issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The Fall newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter this season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    The March issue has stories from the first half of the 2018-2019 race season along with scholarship program news and the President's Letter column from FWM president Ray Tulloch.

    [20-Mar-2019]

  • Mt Rose McKinney Cup races CANCELLED

    The snow gods are winning again this week... After Tahoe received a massive poundling last week, more snow is still falling and expected to continue into at least Thursday.

    Rose masters coach/FW president Ray Tulloch inspected the race hill this morning with other Rose race crew and reports a foot or more already and still dumping. Given the large quantities of new snow, the unanimous consensus is that it will not be possible to prepare the venue for racing by this weekend. There simply isn't enough time to get the hill packed, reset fences, and all the other work needed to get the hill into raceable condition.

    Our next races are the National Championships at Mammoth the third week of March on Mar. 18-23. Registration is still open on SkiRaceReg.com so it's not too late to enter and the weather forecasts are finally starting to show a transition to high pressure and clear weather!

    [06-Mar-2019 Wed 10am]

  • March races - Mt. Rose, Mammoth nationals

    The "Febru-Buried" stormy weather has carried over into the beginning of March, but one of these days it's gotta stop and get sunny again - right??! We've got some great racing coming up in March over the next few weeks.

    On Mar. 9-10 Mt Rose will host the McKinney Cup GS races. We'll be racing on Silver Dollar, one of the best GS race hills in Far West. Mt Rose is always a welcoming venue for the masters and a favorite of many. The McKinney Cup perpetual trophy is awarded to the fastest man and women on both days - no age handicapping, so let's get our young racers out there to show us all their fastest stuff!

    Please note that race day checkin will be at the Mt Rose base area Main Lodge (not the Winters Creek lodge at the Slide Mountain base area where we have held checkin in recent years). Lift access is convenient - just take the Northwest lift from the Rose base lodge to top of Mt Rose and drop onto the top of the Silver Dollar race hill.

    Please also note that the Mt Rose Release of Liability is mandatory for all competitors and must be submitted online at the link below. (Mt Rose passholders do not need to re-submit, you have already signed ROL with your pass application)

    The early registration deadline is Sunday Mar. 3, with $5/race late entry fee for entries submitted after the deadline, so get your entries in before the price goes up! Online registration closes Thursday Mar. 7 at 8pm.

    The third week of March is a season highlight: the 2019 Masters National Championships right here in Far West at Mammoth Mountain on Mar. 18-23. The DH national championship is Mon-Tue-Wed, with the SG-GS-SL national championship events on Thu-Fri-Sat. Nationals is open to everyone and is a great way to meet and compete with racers from around the country. Mammoth is a proven venue and will put on a high-quality event, so don't miss this chance to challenge yourself with top-notch racing and make new friends!

    Registration is open at SkiRaceReg.com/nationals until Friday March 15. The early registration deadline is Sunday Mar. 3, after which there is anadditional $10/race late fee for late entries, so sign up this week! The cancellation deadline is Sunday Mar. 10 to withdraw without any charges.

    [02-Mar-2019]

  • President's message: Mammoth nationals

    To all our FW Masters racers - US Masters Nationals at Mammoth

    Well, after a rocky start to the season when we had to postpone races due to lack of snow, we are now suffering from an embarrassment of (snow) riches and having to delay/cancel races because of too much snow! It has given us some awesome powder skiing but has also created all sorts of headaches for our racers, race organizers and host areas. However, we have still been able to run many of our scheduled races so far including an awesome speed weekend at Mammoth with perfect ski racing weather. I can honestly say that that was one of the very best weekends of racing I have experienced in 15 years of Masters racing and, judging by all the enthusiasm and smiles at the bottom of the course, most of you were thinking the same!

    We now have the opportunity to return to Mammoth for more speed races - both DH and SG - as well as GS and slalom at the US Masters Nationals from March 18-23. Now I understand from talking with many of you that some think Masters Nationals is only open to the very best racers. Well, I would like to dispel that myth! While it does attract some of the top Masters racers from around the country it also has racers of all levels of abilities competing. It lets you meet your fellow Master racers from other Divisions as well as experience the atmosphere of a national level event. Having it local to Far West at Mammoth provides a great opportunity to compete without having long distance travel to other parts of the country. For those who do not want to race Downhill I should also point out that the overall rankings and awards at Nationals are based on SG, GS and SL only. There are separate courses for women/older men (>65) and the younger men(<65) in GS and slalom to ensure as far as possible clean course conditions.

    The schedule for the nationals at Mammoth is:
       - DH training - Mon-Tue Mar. 18-19 (4 DH training runs!)
       - DH race - Wed Mar. 20
       - Super G - Thu Mar 21
       - GS and Slalom - Fri-Sat- Mar. 22-23

    Given that Far West is hosting the Nationals I would really like to see as many as possible of our racers competing. Registration is open at SkiRaceReg.com/nationals until Friday March 15. The early registration deadline is Sunday Mar. 3, after which there is anadditional $10/race late fee for late entries, so sign up this week! The cancellation deadline is Sunday Mar. 10 to withdraw without any charges.

    Also note that deadline for making reservations with the discounted event lodging is Friday Mar. 1 - see the event announcement for details:

    I would encourage you all to sign up and look forward to seeing you there!
       Ray Tulloch - President, Far West Masters

    [28-Feb-2019]

  • Northstar and Squaw GS races

    February turned out to be... interesting! Twenty competitors from Far West took to the road to start the month by joining over 100 other competitors from around the US along with some foreign athletes for the FIS Masters Cup/Western Regional championship races at Aspen Highlands CO. Temperatures were cold, but some excellent performances were posted. A highlight of the event was the celebration with family and competitors of Gate de Mattei's 90th birthday. Incredible milestone for a guy who's still out there skiing hard and looking for sped on the race course!

    At home in Far West, the month turned into a record-breaker as multiple storm trains rolled through and dropped massive amounts of snow throughout the Sierra. We finally got a weather break the week before our scheduled races at Northstar and Squaw on Feb. 22-24. Faced with fresh snow depths in the double-digit feet and cold dry conditions all week, the race crews at both venues faced a daunting challenge to pack and prepare the race venues, reset safety fences, and generally dig out the race arenas.

    The decision was made early in the week by the Northstar race organizers and Far West Masters that it would not be possible to safely prepare the race hill by Friday, so the scheduled Friday SG races were cancelled. Even with the extra day, the Northstar crew had an enormous amount of work to do, but by Saturday morning racers were greeted with warming temperatures, partly-sunny skies, and two fun runs of GS.

    On Sunday competitors moved to nearby Squaw Valley for the Buck Thys Memorial GS on Exhibition, a long and challenging race hill which is one of our best GS venues. The race surface was still relatively soft, compared to the usual "firm" conditions that are often encountered on Exhibition, but good course work by the Squaw crew and good coursesetting on both runs added up to two good runs of GS for a satisfying race day.

    The competition was enlivened throughout the day as MC John Haines shared stories of Buck Thys and the skiing Thys family. It was a pleasure to be joined by several of Buck and Nina's children, Beatrice and US Ski Team alums Edith and Barry. Edith also foreran both runs on her home hill.

    Adding to the Squaw heritage, Sunday's race was also scored for the Bernard Cup trophy. The Bernard Cup is a perpetual trophy awarded annually at our Squaw event to the top man and woman racer using an age-handicap formula. Over the years competitors of all ages have won - Buck Thys was the 2002 winner when he was competing in the 70's class.

    The men's trophy was won handily by Kurt Beldon (M08), who was third overall in the men's results. The women's trophy race was wide open, with competitors of nearly all ages in the running. Overcoming some spectacular skiing from defending champ Andrea Levy (W01), 3rd overall on the day, the women's title went to Carol Levine (W10).

    Complete results are posted on the farwestmasters.org Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2019.

    [28-Feb-2019]

  • Northstar SG's **CANCELLED**

    There will be NO racing on Friday Feb. 22 at Northstar. The Northstar race organizers discussed conditions this morning with the race jury and Far West Masters organizers and the consensus is that we will focus on having one good GS race on Saturday.

    Northstar has received large amounts of snow from the recent storms and the cold weather this week makes it even more challenging to attempt to pack and prepare the race hill, reset fencing, and work towards preparing the venue for racing.

    So... it'll be an all-GS weekend! Saturday at Northstar, Sunday at Squaw - two good GS hills so we're looking forward to some fun racing.

    NOTE: online registration for both Northstar and Squaw races will remain open for an additional day until 8pm Thursday 2/21.

    [19-Feb-2019 10am]

  • Northstar/Squaw race reminders

    Just a few reminders about our races coming up next week at Northstar and Squaw. After a pretty amazing run of storms, "Febru-buried" racing in Far West resumes next week with forecasts of clearing weather. We have a Fri-Sat stop at Northstar for two SG races on Friday and a GS on Saturday, followed by a GS on Sunday at Squaw Valley.

    The Squaw GS will be the 2019 Bernard Cup trophy race, using an age-handicap formula for awarding the overall men's and lady's titles, so racers of all ages have a shot!

    Please note that the Thursday afternoon SG training session at Northstar has been cancelled - we did not have enough signups.

    The early registration deadline is Sunday Feb. 17, with $5/race late entry fee for entries submitted after the deadline, so get your entries in before the price goes up! Online registration for the Northstar and Squaw races closes Wednesday Feb. 20 at 8pm.

    Area release form is REQUIRED at both Northstar and Squaw. Competitors who have not signed the release will NOT be permitted to compete. Northstar has requested that competitors send signed release form ahead of time to NorthstarRaceDept@vailresorts.com in order to make checkin simpler and faster for all. Squaw release forms will be available at checkin.

    [17-Feb-2019]

  • Northstar/Squaw race info

    Our Far West race schedule takes a break in early February for the FIS Masters/Western Championship races at Aspen CO on Feb. 8-10, with three days of racing SL-GS-SGx2. Both SG's and the DH race immediately following on Mon-Tue Feb. 11-12 are part of the 2019 masters National Speed Series.

    Our next Far West races will be a joint north-shore Tahoe event, with two SG races and a GS at Northstar on Fri-Sat Feb. 22-23, following by a GS race at Squaw on Sunday Feb. 24. Northstar is also offering SG training on Thursday afternoon 1-3pm, so plenty of racing on tap!

    Please note that signed Northstar Release of Liability is mandatory for all competitors in order to participate in training and races. Northstar has requested that competitors send signed release form ahead of time to NorthstarRaceDept@vailresorts.com in order to make checkin simpler and faster for all.

    The Sunday Squaw GS will be the 2019 Bernard Cup race. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a suitable date to reschedule the cancelled January Sqauw SL/GS races that were originally planned as the Bernard Cup races.

    [03-Feb-2019]

  • Mammoth SG photos

    Race photos of the Saturday SG races at Mammoth on Jan. 26 were taken by veteran race photographer Sue Morning and are available online for viewing and purchase. All photo purchases support the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation (MMCF) and kids in the Eastern Sierra, including the Mammoth team athletes like our forerunners at the speed event.

    Photos can be purchased from the Susan Morning Photography online site in a variety of print formats or as a downloadable digital image. Sue got some great shots so well worth browsing the gallery to see yourself and your racing friends!

    To learn more about MMCF and their programs, visit their web site at mammothfoundation.org:

    [31-Jan-2019]

  • Mammoth DH/SG speed races

    Wow. Just... WOW!!! What an amazing, spectacular, incredible event we had with four days of DH and SG speed racing at Mammoth Mountain on Jan. 24.27. It really doesn't get any better than this - comfortable, sunny weather, fantastic conditions on the speed track, top-notch support from the Mammoth Mountain Race Department throughout. Talk about smiles all around - yeah!!

    Despite some worries about whether the 5-6 ft of new snow from the preceding weekend would pack in enough, Thursday's DH training day opened with a sunny day on the World Cup/Fascination course. With many competitors coming in without any speed practice this season, most took the first training run to get used to the hill and the speed. Giggles and smiles spread at the finish as competitors realized how great the track ran, and enthusiastically cycled around to open it up on the second training run.

    The good times kept rolling with two DH races on Friday, with the first race counting in the 2019 masters National Speed Series as well as our Far West season scoring. It was great to be joined by competitors from Rocky and Intermountain travelling the speed series tour.

    Despite pleas for another day of DH racing, on Saturday we switched to two SG races on the World Cup/Terries course. Again, the first race of the morning counted for the Speed Series. Ho hum, another perfect day in masters racing paradise - spectacular conditions, beautiful weather, great snow conditions on the course. Pretty incredible!

    Sunday wrapped up the event with... another fantastic race day and a final SG race. Everyone hated to see it end, but it was an amazing event and great preparation for the masters national championships coming up Mar. 17-23 at Mammoth

    Complete results are posted on the farwestmasters.org Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2019. Speed series results are published on the NSS page on usalpinemasters.org.

    [31-Jan-2019]

  • Mammoth DH/SG Speed event info

    The Sierra is emerging from a snowy week that brought multiple feet of snow, just in time to shift to a dryer pattern for the annual Mammoth DH/SG speed event! Although there is a lot of new snow, the Mammoth Race Department and grooming crews have a proven record of excellent course preparation and they know their speed track, so we are optimistic that this could turn out to be a spectacular event.

    Thursday and Friday are DH training and two DH races. Thursday DH training is mandatory - all competitors must participate in at least one training run to be eligible to race on Friday. Note that there is an additional $40 fee for the training day, in addition to race entries for Friday's two DH races.

    On the weekend we shift to SG, with two races on Saturday and one on Sunday. So that's a lot of fun packed into a few days. If you like to challenge yourself, this is it!

    As an additional incentive, the first DH race on Friday and the first SG on Saturday count for the 2019 National Speed Series. The races are also a preview of the national championship venues, with the 2019 Masters National Championships to be held at Mammoth on Mar. 18-23.

    Reminder: the early registration deadline is Sunday 1/20, so get your race signups in skiracereg.com/fw. Registration closes 8pm Tuesday 1/22; late entries and cancellations after the close of online registration are at the discretion of Mammoth Race Dept.

    [19-Jan-2019]

  • Squaw Valley Bernard Cup weekend

    The planned Squaw Valley Bernard Cup SL/GS races on Jan. 12-13 had a complicated evolution in the week leading up to the event, switching from concerns of insufficient coverage on the Exhibition race run to concerns after weekend storms followed by midweek rain to whether the hill could safely be prepared for racing. The final decision was made on Thursday afternoon by Squaw that the races could not be held due to last-minute staffing issues.

    The late-breaking race cancellation is extremely unfortunate and is sincerely regretted by the Far West Masters board and race organizing team. We are deeply aware of the commitment that our competitors make to plan their race participation, including travel time and reservations that many of us have to make to attend a race event.

    On a positive note, we appreciate that Mark Mirviss and the Squaw masters coaches provided competitors already committed to coming to Squaw with a weekend alternative of free SL and GS training both days. Multiple reports have been received from participants that the training sessions were very good.

    Discussions are in progress between Far West Masters and Squaw to assess the options for rescheduling the Bernard Cup and we'll announce a new schedule as soon as a satisfactory plan can be made.

    [14-Jan-2019]

  • Heavenly Viva Italia

    Our January racing program in Far West started off with the classic Viva Italia Cup SL races at Heavenly Valley on Friday Jan. 11. The World Cup race run at the Heavenly California base has been a reliable and popular venue for many seasons. Although the hill is relatively short, snow conditions are often firm and the challenges of SL are supplemented by a warmup hike from the top of the lift up a short but steep pitch to the starting gate.

    Heavenly welcomed us with clear weather and an enthusiastic course crew that kept the race day moving expeditiously through 4 runs of SL. The field of over 50 competitors featured an exceptionally young and strong women's field, with multiple women breaking into the overall top 10 in both races led by Casey Edgeton's smoking Buck Hill-honed charge keeping men's overall winner Ryan Ritchie working to hold his lead.

    The day ended with a pizza party at the base of the race hill while the age handicap scoring was computed to determine the overall Viva Italia Cup winners. The trophy award went to two class 8 competitors who combined consistent fast skiing with sufficent age to edge ahead of the younger athletes in the final rankings. Former winner Deb Lewis took the ladies title, while hard-working TD Doug Fulton abandoned his "slalom boy" moniker to convincingly ascend to the Slalom King seat.

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2019.

    [13-Jan-2019]

  • *** Squaw races cancelled ***

    We are very disappointed but unfortunately the Squaw races for Sat-Sun Jan. 12-13 must be cancelled due to last-minute staffing issues.

    For all who have made plans and travel reservations already, Squaw is offering free race training to everyone on both Saturday and Sunday on Exhibition, as well as a free lift ticket on Saturday for anyone who needs lift access. Meet at the base of Exhibition at 9:30am for training.

    If there is sufficient interest, Mark Mirviss says he can set up Brower timing as well.

    Once again, we very much regret this schedule change and the disruption to all who made plans and have been looking forward to this event.

    [10-Jan-2018]

  • Heavenly and Squaw race info

    Our next races after the holiday break are coming up in just over a week at Heavenly on Friday Jan. 11 for the Viva Italia Cup SL races and on Sat-Sun Jan. 12-13 at Squaw Valley for the Bernard Cup SL/GS races. Both of these events include an overall trophy for the fastest man and women, using an age-handicap formula that allows racers of all ages a shot at these perpetual trophies.

    We will be racing on the World Cup run at Heavenly, at the base of the California base. World Cup is a good SL hill that has been a popular venue for many years and Heavenly is always a gracious host to the masters. The race hill is reported to be in excellent condition with copious snowmaking thanks to the recent cold weather.

    For the weekend, we shift to the north shore of Tahoe to Squaw Valley, racing SL on Saturday and GS on Sunday. Early season coverage on the lower mountain at Squaw has been thin, but we are expecting a good storm series over the coming weekend that should bring a good increase to the snowpack. The masters have been in close contact with the Squaw Race Department to monitor conditions and will continue to do so over the next few days.

    Online registration is open on SkiRaceRegReg. Remember that the early registration deadline is Sunday evening 1/6; prices go up next week so get your entries in now! You have until the close of registration at 8pm Wednesday 1/9 to withdraw, so there's no penalty to signing up early. And while you're on SkiRaceReg, remember to sign up for the National Championships at Mammoth in March!!

    [04-Jan-2019]

  • 2019 Major Events

    Happy New Year! While everyone is hopefully enjoying holiday time with family and friends, it's a good time to plan ahead for the racing schedule in the coming months. This season we have two major masters events located in the Western region.

    On Feb. 8-10 the international FIS Masters Cup series makes its North American stop at Aspen with SL, GS, and two SG races. This event is also the Western Region Championships. And to make the travel worthwhile, Rocky Masters are hosting two DH races immediately following the FIS masters races on Mon-Tue Feb. 11-12.

    The "big one" for all of us in Far West is the Masters National Championships, returning to Far West's own Mammoth Mountain on March 17-23. This is a 4-event nationals, with the national championship DH on Mon-Tue-Wed followed by SG-GS-SL national championships on Thu-Fri-Sat.

    The Aspen SG's and DH and the Nationals DH and SG are all included in the 2019 Masters National Speed Series. Far West competitors can collect speed series results and get a preview of the nationals speed venues at our Mammoth speed weekend coming up on Jan. 24-27 with two DH races and 3 SG, with the first DH and SG races counted in the Speed Series standings.

    [01-Jan-2019]

  • Mammoth Woolly's Challenge season kickoff

    The 2018-2019 Far West Masters race season kicked off the weekend before the Christmas holidays with three days of excellent racing conditions at Mammoth Mountain. The weather was a bit of a mixed bag - clouds and wind with a couple inches of new snow for Friday's first GS, warm and sunny for the Saturday SL's, and back to breezy and overcast for Sunday's final GS race. But despite the varying weather, the race surface on Andy's Double Gold (ADG) was consistently outstanding - firm and grippy. Mammoth Race Department put on a first-class event for us, with a large race crew every day and beautifully prepared courses.

    The pre-holiday timing was a bit difficult for some to negotiate, but those who were able to make it were treated to an excellent kickoff to the race season. Many thanks to the Mammoth Race Department for hosting an excellent season opening event for us, and congratulations to everyone who competed!! Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the first Season Standings rankings for 2019.

    [31-Dec-2018]

  • Mammoth Dec. 21-23 opening races

    What a difference a few weeks can make! Going into Thanksgiving everywhere was brown in the Sierra, with limited man-made snow at those areas able to open. But December rolled in with a lovely series of storms that transformed conditions and set up all our Sierra resorts with great conditions going into the upcoming holidays.

    Our first Far West Masters races of the 2018-2019 season will be held next week at Mammoth, with the postponed Dec. 1-2 races added onto the originally scheduled Fri-Sat races. We will now be racing GS on Friday 12/21 (as originally scheduled), two SL races on Saturday 12/22, and an additional GS race on Sunday (postponed race makeup). Mammoth Race Department will be providing a two-day training camp on Wed and Thu Dec 19-20, so come early if you can and get in a couple solid days of training before the races.

    Mammoth Mountain is now in full operation and the conditions are very good. Weather outlook for next week is also encouraging - after a moderate storm on Sunday/Monday, forecasts call for clearing and warm through the rest of the week, so we should have very good conditions to kick off the race season!!

    We realize the timing of the opening event will conflict with holiday plans for some, but after our delayed start of the season we wanted to take advantage of Mammoth's offer to host the additional races so that we have racing to offer those who can attend. If you can't make it, happy holidays to all and we look forward to gathering in early January at Heavenly and Squaw for our next event.

    Reminder: the early registration deadline is Sunday 12/16, so get your race signups in skiracereg.com/fw. Registration closes 8pm Wednesday 12/19; late entries and cancellations after the close of online registration are at the discretion of Mammoth Race Dept.

    [15-Dec-2018]

  • Mammoth Opening Races Postponed

    Due to limited terrain and coverage available for racing and training, the decision has been made to postpone the Mammoth masters training camp on Nov. 26-30 and the opening GS/SL races on Dec. 1-2 and reschedule as part of the late December event at Mammoth. Although forecasts for the Thanksgiving holidays predict moderate snowfall for the Sierra, dry weather returns the following week and it is unlikely that even with good snowmaking conditions that adequate race conditions could be prepared.

    The rescheduled event will now be 3 days Fri-Sat-Sun Dec. 21-23: GS Fri, SLx2 Sat, GS Sunday. A shortened training camp will be held on Wed-Thu Dec. 19-20 with SL and GS training.

  • 2019 membership and race signups are open

    The web site has been updated with all our 2019 race schedule and membership information and Far West Masters is open on SkiRaceReg.com. Head on over to SkiRaceReg.com/fw to join Far West Masters for the season and sign up for December races. (Race signups for events in January through the end of the season in April will be available by the end of October)

    US Ski & Snowboard Masters Membership: deadline to renew your US Masters membership is Monday Oct. 15 - $25 late fee will be added for renewals after the deadline. (Late fee does not apply to new masters or short-term memberships)

    Online Membership Renewal: online membership renewal is available through our Far West Masters race series on SkiRaceReg.com. The online membership options allow you to pay your membership dues using the same online account that you use to sign up for races and pay race entry fees. You will also have the option to purchase a print subscription to the Forerunner newsletter if you wish to receive a copy in the mail in addition to the electronic copy distributed to all members. Joining online is quick and easy, highly recommended!!

    Note: the first time you sign into your SkiRaceReg.com account at the start of the season, you will be told that your account is "inactive" and needs to be reactivated for the new season. You didn't do anything wrong, this happens every year!! We need to make sure that the contact and payment information for your account is up-to-date, so just follow the instructions on each page, it should only take a few minutes. We've put together a "FAQ" (Frequently Asked Questions) on about your SkiRaceReg.com account and the signup/renewal process, so take a look at that if you're not sure what's going on, or contact the Far West series administrators at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org if you need assistance.

    [15-Oct-2018]

  • Fall Newsletter and Membership Package

    The Fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The Fall newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter last season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    The Fall issue is packed with news about the upcoming season, including the complete season schedule and the Far West Masters membership package containing information on the 2018-2019 program and membership options for new and renewing members. Please get your Far West Masters membership in to Membership director Mary Feddis by Nov. 16 so she has time to process everyone's application and ensure that our membership records and bib assignments are up-to-date for the coming season. Membership renewals received after the deadline are subject to a $5 late fee.

    (Note: late fees are only applicable to renewals. New members may join anytime during the season without late fees!)

    REMINDER: don't forget to renew your U.S. Ski & Snowboard masters membership! Early renewal deadline is Oct. 15 and a $25 late fee will be charged for late membership renewals.

    Online Membership Renewal: We're very pleased to be able to offer online membership renewal again this season through our Far West Masters race series on SkiRaceReg.com. The online membership options allow you to pay your membership dues using the same online account that you use to sign up for races and pay race entry fees. You will also have the option to purchase a print subscription to the Forerunner newsletter if you wish to receive a copy in the mail in addition to the electronic copy distributed to all members. Joining online is quick and easy, highly recommended!!

    Coming Soon: Membership renewal on SkiRaceReg.com will be opened next week; webmaster and race series administrator Deb Lewis will be working over the weekend to install all the 2019 season information so we can open for membership renewal as soon as possible. We're a little late getting the 2019 updates posted, please be patient - we're doing a major internal renovation of the web site to enable improved capabilities and a modernized design for the coming season.

    [04-Oct-2018]

  • Preliminary 2019 Schedule

    The preliminary 2018-2019 race schedule is now available. Scheduling Director Mike Braun has worked hard to put together a race schedule which offers diverse competition opportunities at areas in Far West with a proven ability to host excellent events. Although there are still a few details being settled, we believe the preliminary schedule is essentially complete and should provide a fun season of racing opportunities.

    A highlight of the season will be the Masters National Championships at Far West's own Mammoth Mountain on March 18-23. This is a 4-event nationals, with the DH championship along with the triple-combined SG/GS/SL championships.

    [07-Aug-2018]


Recent Events

  • May Forerunner newsletter

    The end-of-season May issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out with season wrapup and spring news stories to jog your skiing memories as everyone shifts into summer activities. Newsletter editor Hamish Butler has pulled together stories from the final events of our season, along with reports from the March FIS Masters World Criterium at Big Sky MT and news about some of our scholarship athletes.

    Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The March newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter this season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    [10-Jun-2018]


Previous Season News

  • May Forerunner newsletter

    The end-of-season May issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out with season wrapup and spring news stories to jog your skiing memories as everyone shifts into summer activities. Newsletter editor Hamish Butler has pulled together stories from the final events of our season, along with reports from the March FIS Masters World Criterium at Big Sky MT and news about some of our scholarship athletes.

    Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The March newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter this season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    [10-Jun-2018]

  • Mammoth Season Finals info

    After a late-arriving burst of winter made March into a big snow month in the Sierras, Mammoth Mountain has a great base going into spring for hosting our Far West Masters season finals on Thu-Fri-Sat Apr. 12-14. As announceed in mid-March, we have changed the original event schedule to finish with SG and GS races, as a number of GS races on our original season schedule had to be changed to SL races during our dry January and February months. On Thursday, we will have two SG races, followed by 3 GS races on Fri-Sat.

    SG training will be available on Wednesday 4/11 for $25 for those who have the flexibility to arrive early. We encourage any who can make it to participate - any opportunity for speed training is a bonus. Having an opportunity to "get up to speed"" makes your race day safer and more fun!

    Our season banquet will be on Saturday evening. Signups are open on SkiRaceReg (be sure to click on the Races page or "Upcoming Races" in the left sidebar to access the banquet signup, which doesn't make it into the left sidebar). Price and additional details on the banquet will be posted when available later this week.

    Please also check your race signups to make sure you're entered in all three GS races on Friday and Saturday. The original signups for the Saturday SL were brought forward for the final GS #3, but if you want to race in the additional GS that was added you need to add that registration. (listed as "GS #2" on SkiRaceReg)

    The early registration deadline is Sunday night 4/8. Online registration will be open until 8pm Tue 4/10. Remember that you can cancel entries until the close of online registration, so even if you may have to change plans go ahead and register early.

    [02-Apr-2018]

  • May Speed Camp

    Thanks to our "miracle March" series of spring storms, conditions are looking for good for spring training camps. A Masters speed camp is being held on May 11-13 at Mammoth Mountain, focusing on speed tactics, aerodynamics, terrain situations, and the proper mindset. Coaches are former World Cup downhill star Marco Sullivan (a Far West scholarship alum!), Chris Brigham (former US and World Cup speed coach), and Pierre Jeangirard, the higly respected head coach of the Mammoth Masters program.

    Registration details are provided on the information page (link below). Discounted lift tickets and lodging packages at the Mammoth Mountain Inn are also available. Sign up early, we expect this to be a popular camp that will fill up soon!

    [28-Mar-2018]

  • Big Sky FIS Masters World Criterium

    A sizeable contingent of Far West racers joined competitors from around the US and 18 other countries at Big Sky MT the week of Mar. 19-24 for the 2018 FIS Masters World Criterium, the "world championships" of international masters racers. The field of over 300 competitors was split fairly evenly between US racers and athletes from other nations, including large teams from Italy, Austria, Japan, and Canada.

    The international flavor was apparent as soon as we arrived in Big Sky, with national team uniforms and diverse languages flavoring the Huntley race headquarters area as competitors came through to check in for the week's racing. Following a "warm up" day on Monday allowing competitors to ski the race venues and explore Big Sky, racing opened on Tuesday with the Group B (men 55+) SG on Big Horn and the Group C ladies opening with SL on Tippy's Tumble. Groups A (men 30-55) and C women had their SG races on Wednesday, with the men again on Big Horn and the women on Hangmans. All groups reported a good track for their SG races and fun racing!

    On Thursday the B men moved to SL on Tippys while C ladies ran GS on Hangmans. Several inches of new snow overnight required assistance from the competitors to help clear the race hills and prepare the track. The final Criterium races were held on Friday with A men running GS on Tippys and Group B on Hangmans for their GS. Once again all competitors started the morning by assisting the race crews to slip new snow and prepare the hill for racing.

    Friday evening a large turnout of competitors, family, and friends celebrated the conclusion of the Criterium races with a relaxing banquet dinner at the Huntley Lodge. The final day of racing on Saturday was a 1-run FIS Masters Cup GS for all groups. However, snow began falling heavily just at dawn and continued steadily as the race crew went up on the hill at 8am to begin course preparation and setting. With no letup in the snowfall rate, the jury met at 8:45 and decided to cancel the race for safety considerations - it was not possible to prepare and maintain a safe track for racing with the new snow. While some competitors packed and began their travels home early, others went out and enjoyed a final day of powder skiing before their departure.

    Many thanks to the Big Sky resort and to Jeremy Uedell's race crews, along with the organizing committee and many volunteers who helped put on this major event - it was a great week of racing!

    [27-Mar-2018]

  • Mammoth Season Finals schedule change

    Our final event of the 2018 season will the the season finals at Mammoth on Thu-Fri-Sat Apr. 12-14. On Thursday, we will have two SG races, followed by 3 GS races on Fri-Sat.

    *** SCHEDULE CHANGE: due to the number of scheduled GS races we have lost this season due to weather/conditions, we are changing the planned final Sat SL to a GS *and* adding a third GS that will be split across Fri/Sat so that we have 3 runs of GS each day for 3 races ***

    The season finals banquet will be held on Saturday evening. Details will be posted when available (we are working out the details on location and price with Mammoth)

    The early registration deadline is Sunday night 4/8. Online registration will be open until 8pm Tue 4/10. Remember that you can cancel entries until the close of online registration, so even if you may have to change plans go ahead and register early.

    [15-Mar-2018]

  • March Forerunner newsletter

    The mid-season edition of the Forerunner newsletter is out! It's been an up-and-down season for skiing in the Sierras, with some of our planned race schedule impacted by the warm and dry conditions, but despite a few changes to dates and discipline we've still managed to get most of our events off. Newsletter editor Hamish Butler has pulled together stories from the first half of our season, along with reports from the February national championships at Okemo VT and news about some of our scholarship athletes.

    Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The March newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter this season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    [07-Mar-2018]

  • Mt Rose Schedule change

    Mt Rose schedule change: 2xSL on Saturday 3/10. The Mt Rose organizers have decided that we need to change next weekend's planned race schedule from Sat-Sun GS races to two SL races on Saturday. Although additional snow has fallen this week, the new snow is dry and light - great for powder skiing, not so good for setting up to provide a good race surface. We regret the loss of these GS races and the need to change our schedule, but Rose believes that SL races are our best option in order to put on a good event.

    We will be racing on the Slide side of Mt Rose, with checkin at the Winters Creek Lodge at the Slide Mountain base area. Mt Rose will be providing complimentary continental breakfast for all racers - a much appreciated welcome! Checkin will be 7:30-8:30am; start time will be announced when schedule finalized, but expect an early start (likely 9:30) with 4 race runs.

    All entries for Mt Rose GS races on SkiRaceReg will be retained - we have switched the discipline to SL and moved the second race to Saturday. All registered competitors have been notified by email. If you cannot race SL on Saturday, please log into your SkiRaceReg account and drop your entries before online registration closes at 8pm on Wed. 3/7.

    [03-03-2018 Sat 6am; updated 3/3 5:30pm]

  • Heavenly and Mt Rose Race Info

    Our next races are coming up on Friday March 9 with two SL races for the Viva Italia cup at Heavenly (rescheduled from the originally planned dates in early January) and the annual McKinney Cup races at Mt. Rose on the weekend.

    Coming in to the end of February, Mt Rose felt it was unlikely that we could hold the planned GS races due to limited coverage on some sections of the Silver Dollar race hill. However, the storms arriving this week are bringing much-needed snow and we may still be able to run GS. The fallback plan would be to switch to SL and run both races on Saturday 3/10. Decision is expected by the end of this week and we will get the word out to everyone by this weekend to allow time to plan travel arrangements.

    Race registration is open on SkiRaceReg.com - the early registration deadline is Sunday 3/4; online registration closes at 8pm on Wed. 3/7.

    [01-Mar-2018]

  • Northstar SL races

    While there was certainly some disappointment that we were not able to hold the planned SG-GS races at Northstar on Feb. 23-25, due to the limited snow coverage in this unusually dry winter, the revised weekend schedule of two SL races on Saturday and one on Sunday turned out to be an excellent event. The SL courses were set on the upper section of Loggers Loop and the race hill was in excellent condition, thanks to outstanding work by Eric Whittaker's race crew as well as the preparation by the Northstar grooming crews.

    Saturday's weather was surprisingly chilly, with overcast skies and strong winds making it a challenge for competitors and crew to stay warm through 4 runs of SL. We were all glad to convene at the post-race party for refreshments and warmth. (Thank you to Jeff Brown and Tahoe Mountain Realty for providing us with a comfortable space for our party!!)

    Making up for the unexpected dose of winter weather on Saturday, Sunday was a gorgeous day with sunny and warmer conditions making for a really fun final SL race. Everyone went home with smiles on their faces! Complete weekend results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2018.

    [28-Feb-2018]

  • Northstar Schedule Change

    From our Far West scheduling director Mike Braun:

    I wanted to get the word out to everyone regarding the schedule change for our upcoming races at Northstar. I have been in contact with the Northstar event staff and they have informed me that our scheduled Super-G's and GS races cannot take place, due to lack of snow at the bottom of the hill where those races would take place. The staff feels very confident that they can put on slalom races at the top of the hill and bring the finish up from the bottom.

    The slalom course will be very similar in length to the last races at Squaw and what we typically run at Heavenly. We felt that due to the limited venues and lack of snow this season, this would be a great option to get in some races up north.

    Therefore, we will not be racing Super-G on Friday and no GS on Saturday or Sunday. The current change and plan going forward will be 2 slalom races on Saturday, our awards party Saturday afternoon and then 1 slalom on Sunday. So that's 3 slalom races at Northstar on the weekend of February 24th - 25th.

    We will be getting out information next week on how changes will be made on skiracereg.com , and updated schedule times, etc.

    If there any changes to the above updated schedule we will let everyone know as soon as we hear.

    [07-Feb-2018; updated 2/13]

  • Mammoth SG's update and schedule change

    Our next races are coming up in less than two weeks with the popular annual speed weekend at Mammoth Mountain. The original schedule planned for 2 SG's on Friday, 2 more SG's on Saturday, and a fifth SG on Sunday. With the loss of our scheduled GS races in January at Heavenly and Squaw, however, discussions among FW officers and members have led to the decision to change the Sunday race to a GS.

    Race registration is open on SkiRaceReg.com - the early registration deadline is Sunday 1/28; online registration closes at 8pm on Wed. 1/31. All entries on SkiRaceReg for the Sunday SG #5 are being retained for the change to GS; all competitors signed up for in the event are being notified and there is plenty of time to update your entries if the change to GS is a factor for you.

    For those travelling to Mammoth, the lodging discount offer for competitors is good for bookings through this Friday Jan. 26, so if you're interested see the race announcement for details and check out your options before the end of the week.

    [24-Jan-2018]

  • Bernard Cup results

    After a dry start to the season, we finally got some welcome snow from a fast-moving storm system that cleared out just in time to bring blue skies and sparkling white snow for the 2018 Bernard Cup races at Squaw Valley. Due to thin coverage on the lower mountain, the planned Friday GS was cancelled but replaced by the addition of a second SL race on Saturday, leading to a rare SL triple-header for the annual Bernard Cup trophy.

    The event opened on Saturday with two SL races on the mid-mountain Motts race hill. It was a long day on the race hill for both competitors and crew, but the racing was fun! Sunday was another nice day, with temperatures warming slightly after a cool Saturday.

    The Bernard Cup trophy is awarded to the man and woman with the fastest overall time for all three races (definitely a challenge with SL!), using an age-handicap formula to allow comparisons across a broad range of ages. The 2018 women's title went to Andrea Levy, who compensated for her youth in W01 by putting up a series of fast runs to dominate the ladies. Tim Stewart from M09 took the men's title with a strong return from the injury that ended his season early last spring. Congratulations to Andrea, Tim, and everyone who raced this weekend!

    Our thanks to Squaw Race Department for hosting our event, and congratulations to everyone who competed!! Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2018.

    [21-Jan-2018]

  • Squaw Schedule Change

    Despite some welcome snowfall this week, the continuing warm weather has not been kind to our planned race venue next weekend on Exhibition at the base of Squaw Valley. The Squaw Race Department and Far West Masters officers have discussed options and agreed that the best plan for next weekend is to move the race up the mountain to Motts and run SL races on the weekend. So there will be NO GS next weekend and NO racing on Friday. Instead, we add a second SL race on Saturday. So there will now be 2 SL races Saturday and one on Sunday as originally scheduled.

    We are certainly disappointed to lose the GS, the Exhibition race hill is long and challenging. On the other hand, Mott's is a very fun SL hill - we had to make a similar schedule change a few seasons back when the lower mountain did not have enough snow for racing and everyone had a really good time with the changed SL venue.

    SkiRaceReg entries: we will keep the GS race entries on SkiRaceReg originally planned for Friday and reschedule that signup as the second SL race on Saturday. Most everyone entered on Friday was also signed up for Saturday, so we think this will accomodate most peoples' plans. If you were signed up for the GS but do NOT want to participate in the second SL on Saturday, please log into your SkiRaceReg account and drop your entry. For those signed up for Saturday who had not planned to race on Friday, please log into your SkiRaceReg account and add the second SL if you wish to do both races.

    Online registration will remain open an additional day until Thursday evening 1/18.

    [12-Jan-2018]

  • Squaw Bernard Cup info

    Happy New Year! After a warm, sunny holiday period we are *very* happy to have a decent winter storm coming into the Sierras this week, bringing much-welcomed snow to the higher elevations around Tahoe and Mammoth.

    Our next scheduled Far West Masters event is the Bernard Cup races at Squaw Valley on Fri-Sat-Sun Jan. 19-21. The schedule is for a GS race on Friday and SL races on Saturday and Sunday. The Bernard Cup trophy will be awarded on Sunday afternoon to the the top-ranked man and woman in the overall weekend rankings for all three races, based on Bob Bernard's age-handicap scoring formula.

    Race registration is open on SkiRaceReg.com - the early registration deadline is Sunday 1/14; online registration closes at 8pm on Wed. 1/17. Far West Masters officers are in constant contact with the Squaw Valley Race Deparment to monitor the conditions as we get closer to the scheduled event date; any updates on schedule or venue will be communicated as available.

    [09-Jan-2018]

  • National Championships and FIS Masters Criterium

    This season, US masters have the opportunity to compete in two major events. The annual Masters national championships will be held at Okemo VT on Feb. 6-10. The unusually early scheduling of our nationals in February was an adjustment made because in March the US will be hosting the FIS Masters World Criterium, the international masters "world championships", at Big Sky MT on Mar. 19-24. Both of these will be first-class events at proven venues known for offering outstanding masters racing conditions.

    The national championships at Okemo VT will have SG, AC (Alpine Combined, formerly called "Super Combined"), GS and SL. The Chief race hill where the SG and GS races will be held is a fantastic race hill - those who competed in the 2014 Nationals or in the Eastern championships in the past few years know that this is a great race hill for masters, with rolling terrain and plenty of speed. The SL races will be held on the adjacent Wardance race hill, also a good venue.

    While the Western US has had a slow start to the winter ski season, the East has been gotten a major dose of winter and has outstanding snow conditions. (And they've promised it will warm up over the coming weeks!) Registration is open on SkiRaceReg.com and the New England masters have provided great information on their web site to help visitors make travel plans.

    The FIS Masters World Criterium is *THE* big event on the international masters calendar and it is a privilege to host this event in the US. Big Sky is a proven and popular venue for masters and they are working hard preparing to host hundreds of masters from around the world. This is going to be a really fun event and interest is very high, so get your registration in and make your travel plans early!

    Note: there is a US entry quota of 200 athletes, which has already been reached. Entries from Group A (younger men 30-55) and Group C (all women) are still being accepted; additional signups for Group B (men 55+) will be put on a wait list in order of registration until we have final entry estimates from other national federations in early March. We hope to be able to get all interested US competitors into the event.

    [DATE_POSTED]

  • Heavenly Cancellation/Reschedule

    The Jan. 5-7 Viva Italia Cup races at Heavenly are CANCELLED due to lack of snow cover from the continuing warm and dry weather conditions across the Far West. With just over a week before the event was scheduled and no change in the current weather pattern, it will unfortunately not be possible to prepare either of the race venues with sufficient coverage for a race event.

    After discussion with Heavenly about options, we have agreed that the Friday SL races will be rescheduled to Friday Mar. 9, immediately prior to the GS races at Mt. Rose on Saturday and Sunday. Although we are disappointed to lose the Heavenly GS races, it was felt that this reschedule plan would be the best solution in the context of our other scheduled events over the coming months. Heavenly and Rose are close enough that it allows a reasonable weekend travel plan to compete at both venues.

    [27-Dec-2017]

  • Heavenly Outlook

    Good news, bad news on the eve of the Christmas holiday... Santa has brought a continuing stretch of sunny and warm weather to the Far West!! Pleasant for celebrating holidays with family and friends. Not quite so good for our Sierra ski areas however.

    The Heavenly race organizers have been in touch with the Far West Masters and the outlook is not good for our Viva Italia Cup races scheduled on Jan. 5-7. Heavenly has been unable to make snow on the World Cup SL race hill due to temperature inversions; snowmaking is underway higher up the mountain on the Stagecoach GS venue but the terrain is limited and coverage is not currently adequate to provide a proper racing surface.

    Current weather forecasts provide some hope for changes in the current pattern during the first week of January, but that is still in the iffy stages of reliability. We will be considering options over the next few days and will try to make a definite announcement by later in the week to allow everyone to make any necessary adjustments to travel and race plans.

    [24-Dec-2017]

  • Mammoth GS results

    Our second event of the 2018 season returned to Mammoth Mountain for a pair of GS races on the weekend of Dec. 16-17. After several weeks of excellent weather and skiing conditions, the race venue on Andrea's Double Gold (ADG)) was firm and consistent - an outstanding racing surface for the entire field. A small front moving through at the start of the weekend brought Saturday weather with moderate winds, although less than expected, and a chilling fog, quite unexpected!

    The low visibility on Saturday was a major challenge to all competitors, with the fog thicker on the second run and some competitors struggling with freezing moisture on their goggles. Tough conditions! And a disappointing end of the day for first-run leader Brian Welch, who went down on the second run and headed home with a knee injury. We all send good wishes to Brian and hope for a good recovery.

    Sunday flipped the switch to gorgeous, with bright sun and warming temperatures that made for spectacular racing conditions. Jodi Melton made her 2018 season debut with a pair of smoking runs to dominate the women's field. On the men's side, Chris Adams and Doug Fulton clearly enjoyed the conditions, nudging aside Saturday winner Jeff Anderson to join leader Mike Braun on the podium.

    Many thanks to the Mammoth Race Department for hosting another outstanding event for us, and congratulations to everyone who competed!! Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the updated Season Standings rankings for 2018.

    [20-Dec-2017]

  • Mammoth GS Race Info

    Our next races will be two GS races at Mammoth on Sat-Sun Dec. 16-17. Early season conditions are very good at Mammoth and weather forecasts call for warm and sunny weather to continue all week.

    We will be racing on ADG's (Andy's Double Gold), the same race hill as last week's SL races, but we expect to have a higher start above the entry to ADG on the road and an extended finish line lower down the race hill. The juniors raced GS on this course this weekend and had excellent race conditions.

    Our Saturday afternoon social will be a post-race party at Mammoth Rock 'n Bowl at 3:30. Mammoth's Night of Lights celebration is happening at Canyon Lodge on Saturday evening, a fun family event (it's free!)

    The early registration deadline is Sunday night 12/10, so get your entries submitted on SkiRaceReg.com before prices go up on Monday!! Online registration will be open until 8pm Thursday 12/14. Remember that you can cancel entries until the close of online registration, so even if you may have to change plans go ahead and register early.

    [10-Dec-2017]

  • January Schedule Updates

    We have some additional information and one change in our January race schedule. The Viva Italia Cup will be held at Heavenly on Fri-Sat-Sun Jan. 5-7. On Friday we will have 2 SL races on the World Cup run at the California base of Heavenly. On Saturday and Sunday we will move up the mountain to a new venue for GS races on the Emily's Run-Stagecoach race hill.

    The schedule for the Bernard Cup event at Squaw Valley on Jan. 19-21 has been modified from two GS races and a SL to one GS race on Friday with SL races on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule change was made by Far West Masters in conjunction with the Squaw Valley Race Department.

    [10-Dec-2017]

  • Mammoth SL results

    The 2017-2018 race season opened with two SL races at Mammoth on Saturday Dec. 2. On a sunny and breezy day, competitors were challenged to complete 4 full SL runs - definitely an ambitious task for our first races of the season! Despite strong winds on the upper mountain ahead of a small storm coming in Saturday night, the conditions on Andy's Double Gold were good all day. The crack Mammoth Mountain Race Department crew nailed their schedule for the day, with every run starting precisely on time, and provided us with 4 excellent courses for the day's competition.

    Along with many familiar faces, we were pleased to welcome several new racers to our Far West Masters racing. Newcomer Casey Edgeton paced a strong women's field in her first masters race, demonstrating that her SL roots from Buck Hill were not forgotten by posting the fastest time of the day for the entire field in the first race. Quick-footed Andrea Levy recovered her focus after a first run DNF to take the women's title in the second race, placing a very impressive 5th overall.

    Newcomer Bjorn Vandug also made an impressive debut on the Far West circuit, winning the men's Open class in the first race and placing second in the afternoon race. Scott Peer topped the field in the second race for his first-ever MOP victory.

    Many thanks to the Mammoth Race Department for hosting an excellent season opening event for us, and congratulations to everyone who competed!! Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the first Season Standings rankings for 2018.

    [03-Dec-2017]

  • Mammoth Training Camp ond SL Races

    Hope everyone is enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday weekend! Our opening races of the 2017-2018 season will be next Saturday Dec. 2. The early registration deadline is Sunday night 11/25, so get your entries submitted on SkiRaceReg.com before prices go up on Monday!! Online registration will be open until 8pm Thursday 11/30. Remember that you can cancel entries until the close of online registration, so even if you may have to change plans go ahead and register early.

    If you have any questions or difficulties with submitting your SkiRaceReg entries, contact us at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org for support assistance.

    Mammoth will be providing masters training all week - you can attend the masters training camp for the entire week, or on a daily basis as your schedule permits. The plan is to train GS on Monday and Tuesday, switching to SL on Wed-Thu-Fri to prepare for Saturday's races.

    Mammoth has quite a few runs open and the coverage is quite good for early season conditions, so come on out and get tuned up to kick off the new season! The Mammoth masters team has been out this weekend and reports that you can bring out good skis.

    [25-Nov-2018]

  • Training Info and Season Opener

    The start of the 2017-2018 season is only a few weeks away and Sierra ski areas are opening up as early season snowstorms start to come through! We've updated the Training information page on the web site to pull together information on masters training opportunities in Far West.

    There are several active Masters training programs in our division that provide regular opportunities for race training. You can find regular masters training groups whose members compete in Far West Masters races at Squaw, Mammoth, Mt Rose, and Diamond Peak. Most offer both season-long participation as well as daily drop-in opportunities. These programs all offer gate training and work with competitors of a wide range of abilities - novice racers as well as experienced competitors are welcome!!

    Mammoth will once again be offering a full-week masters training camp the week after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27-Dec. 1, leading in to our season-opening SL races on Sat. Dec 2. This is a week-long camp geared towards the serious racer with GS and SL training including drills, progressions and gate training, and video analysis. Participants can join on a per-day basis or sign up for the entire week. Discounted lodging options are available until the room block cutoff date on Sun. Nov. 26 - great deals to stay slope-side!

    The opening races of the season with be a SL doubleheader at Mammoth on Saturday Dec. 2. Mammoth is a reliable early season race venue, so this is a good weekend to come a few days early or attend the full week training camp to get your ski legs tuned up before kicking out of the start gate on Saturday. Race registration is open online at SkiRaceReg.com - early entry deadline is Sun. 11/26; registration for online entries closes Thu 11/30.

    [15-Nov-2017]

  • Fall Newsletter and Membership Package

    The Fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The Fall newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter last season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    The Fall issue is packed with news about the upcoming season, including the complete season schedule and the Far West Masters membership package containing information on the 2017-2018 program and membership options for new and renewing members. Please get your Far West Masters membership in to Membership chair Mary Feddis by Nov. 13 so she has time to process everyone's application and ensure that our membership records and bib assignments are up-to-date for the coming season. Membership renewals received after the deadline are subject to a $5 late fee.

    (Note: late fees are only applicable to renewals. New members may join anytime during the season without late fees!)

    Online Membership Renewal: We're excited to be able to offer online membership renewal again this season through our Far West Masters race series on SkiRaceReg.com. The online membership options allow you to pay your membership dues using the same online account that you use to sign up for races and pay race entry fees. You will also have the option to purchase a print subscription to the Forerunner newsletter if you wish to receive a copy in the mail in addition to the electronic copy distributed to all members. Joining online is quick and easy, highly recommended!!

    Note: the first time you sign into your SkiRaceReg.com account at the start of the season, you will be told that your account is "inactive" and needs to be reactivated for the new season. You didn't do anything wrong, this happens every year!! We need to make sure that the contact and payment information for your account is up-to-date, so just follow the instructions on each page, it should only take a few minutes. We've put together a "FAQ" (Frequently Asked Questions) on about your SkiRaceReg.com account and the signup/renewal process, so take a look at that if you're not sure what's going on, or contact the Far West series administrators at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org if you need assistance.

    [08-Oct-2017]

  • 2018 Far West Membership

    Far West Masters membership will open on SkiRaceReg.com for the 2018 season in the first week of October, along with race registration for the coming season. The season membership information is now available and the fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter will be published soon!

    [01-Oct-2017]

  • 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Membership

    We are no longer USSA masters - USSA is gone. (say what?!)

    But fear not - our familiar USSA has relaunched the organization with a new name and imaging this summer to better represent its role in an increasingly diverse world of snow sports competition. Alpine sking is part of a larger family along with nordic skiing, snowboarding, freestyle, and freeskiing. So we are now part of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, with a #OneTeam theme that emphasizes the collaboration and sharing among snow sports competitors.

    Alpine masters membership renewals are due Oct. 15. Masters membership dues has increased by $10 this season to $100. Late fees apply to all renewals after the deadline, so don't procrastinate! Short-term masters memberships will cost $20 per day and may be purchased for two events during the season (one or more days per event purchase).

    If you are interested in competing in the FIS Masters World Criterium at Big Sky MT in March, you must also purchase a FIS Masters license with your masters membership. (If not purchased with your membership, the FIS license can be added later in the season by contacting U.S. Ski & Snowboard Membership.)

    [01-Oct-2017]

  • Preliminary 2018 Schedule

    The preliminary 2017-2018 race schedule is now available. Schedule VP Mike Braun has worked hard to put together a race schedule which offers diverse competition opportunities at areas in Far West with a proven ability to host excellent events. Although there are still a few details being settled, we believe the preliminary schedule is essentially complete and should provide a fun season of racing opportunities.

    Returning competitors will notice a few changes from "the usual" in this season's schedule. The annual masters national championships will be held in the East this season, on the relatively early dates of Feb. 6-10 which in previous seasons has typically been when the western region championships are held. The national championship Downhill will be hosted by Rocky Mountain at Ski Cooper on Mar. 8-11. Our "big event" in the west this season is a big deal for masters everywhere: the FIS Masters World Criterium will be held at Big Sky MT on Mar. 19-24. This is the world championships of international masters racing and we expect a big field from around the world attending. The last Criterium held in North America at Mammoth Mountain in 2012, so it's a big deal to be able to have this fun event once again returning to the US.

    Our Far West season opens in December with a few changes from recent seasons as well. The season kicks off at Mammoth Mountain with two SL races on Saturday Dec. 2, following the traditional post Thanksgiving masters training camp week (preseason training camp details will be posted when available). We return to Mammoth two weeks later for two GS races on Dec. 16-17. Mammoth is one of the few areas with reliable early season conditions that can host a GS before the holiday break, so we think this is a great opportunity to add GS to our early season mix of disciplines.

    Following a break over the holiday period, racing resumes on Tahoe's South Shore with a 3 day event at Heavenly Valley on Jan. 5-7. Friday features two SL races leading into GS races on Saturday and Sunday. The Viva Italia Cup weekend is one of our classic events and we're looking forward to exploring some new race terrain as Heavenly has renewed their commitment to racing in recent seasons.

    Our second event in January is another classic: the Bernard Cup at Squaw Valley on Jan. 19-21. We will be racing GS on Friday and Saturday, wrapping up with SL on Sunday.

    February opens with 3 days of SG racing at Mammoth Mountain on Feb. 2-4. After a break for the Okemo national championships the week of Feb. 6-10, Far West racing resumes with a three-day event at Northstar on Feb. 23-25, featuring 2 SG races on Friday and GS races on Saturday and Sunday.

    On March 10-11, the McKinney Cup will offer two days of GS racing at Mt. Rose. Our Far West schedule takes another break in mid-March to allow competitors the opportunity to head to Big Sky for the FIS Masters World Criterium. Big Sky is a rightfully popular venue for masters, with great race hills and a welcoming Montana ambience, and the international flavor will add spice to the event.

    The season finals will be held at Mammoth on April 12-14. There will be two SG races on Thursday, GS on Friday, and wrap up with SL and the season finals banquet on Saturday.

    [25-Aug-2017]